French National Day Celebration in the Philippines [fr]
On July 14 of each year, France commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris in 1789, an event that began the French Revolution and led to the creation of the French Republic founded on the values of liberté, égalité, and fraternité.
French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon led the Bastille Day celebration during a reception at the French Residence in Makati by reminding everyone of these values shared by both France and the Philippines. He stressed the importance of these values for this year by recalling the solidarity shared by the world during the terrorist attack that took place in Paris in January this year. He hopes, however, for a much better end for the year as France welcomes the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) in December, where this same solidarity could lead to a comprehensive agreement on the climate that would limit global warming to below 2°C.
Ambassador Garachon ends his post as the Ambassador of France to the Philippines and Micronesia this year after his appointment in April 2012. In his speech, he extended his gratitude to those who contributed to the deepening of the bilateral ties between France and the Philippines, calling everyone he worked with, from the Philippine government officials to the diplomatic corps and from the private sector to the media, as his friends.
Also recognized during the French National Day celebration was Fortune Ledesma, who has been named Chevalier (Knight), in the Ordre national du Mérite (French National Order of Merit) for the efforts she has done as the Honorary Consul of Monaco to the Philippines.